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CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps and You. Chimney Safety Institute of America, Inc. 1993.

Abstract: This pamphlet provides information about the importance of chimney service professionals and what their job entails. It is critically important to maintain a chimney system because a neglected system is a serious fire hazard and can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning. A chimney sweep will examine the chimney and the fireplace, woodstove, gas, oil or coal heating system that it is attached to. Chimney sweeps will install, clean, and maintain the entire chimney system. Cleaning a chimney involves removing accumulated creosote and soot, as well as other debris that may block the flow of emissions. A chimney sweep also provides information to homeowners about their chimney's safe and efficient operation.

In the United States, the chimney service trade is not regulated, which results in unqualified people offering their services at a lower cost. Homeowners seeking the service of a chimney sweep should hire a CSIA certified chimney sweep. The Chimney Safety Institute of America offers an educational program that teaches chimney sweeps all the technical aspects of the industry they need to know.

For more information contact:
Chimney Safety Institute of America
P.O. Box 309
Olney, Maryland 20830
(301) 774-2400
Fax: (301) 774-9630

 
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